NORAD expects smooth travels for Santa Claus this weekend
NORAD doesn’t expect COVID or the bomb cyclone hitting North America to impact St. Nick’s global travels.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is responsible for monitoring and defending the skies above North America, but agency also runs NORAD Tracks Santa, which allows people to follow his Christmas journey through its noradsanta.org website, social media channels, and mobile app.
The agency plans to have about 1,500 volunteers working on Christmas Eve to field phone calls from children who want to know Santa’s location and delivery schedule.
Lt. General David Nahom said the pandemic has not impacted Santa’s busy delivery schedule and he doesn’t expect any impact this weekend. “The website there, the noradsanta, you go on there, it’s very interactive and you can see your area around the world and see when Santa’s showing up. We don’t know what Santa’s route is. We watch it real time. We pick them up with our surveillance systems. And very often we have fighters that sit alert and very often we’ll send fighters up there too, just to say hi and wave and the pilots enjoy it.”
NORAD’s holiday tradition began in 1955 after a kid mistakenly called a Colorado military command asking to speak to Santa.
More calls came in so the commander on duty assigned an officer to answer the Santa calls and the tradition took hold.